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In Bambi vs. Godzilla, David Mamet, the award-winning playwright and screenwriter, gives us an exhilaratingly subversive inside look at Hollywood from the. From the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and playwright: an exhilaratingly subversive inside look at Hollywood from a filmmaker who’s always . Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Hollywood screenwriter David Mamet talks about his new book, Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature.

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For such a proponent of “getting to the point,” he doesn’t follow his own advice.

I am never, ever gonna even try and explain anything about the show business, or screenwriting, or Jews, ever again. A bracing, no-holds-barred examination of the strange contradictions of Tinseltown, Bambi vs.

Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business

These situations may not be noble, but the work, and the joy of exploring them, is. Message to all aspiring film majors: Jul 12, Bill Williams rated it it was amazing. Preview — Bambi vs. Apr 30, John L rated it liked it. As far as how the business operates and how it kills those that work in the field, it is fairly commonplace.

Aug 02, Carlo rated it really liked it Shelves: Despite the simple approach, you will learn a lot about Mamet through the essays. So it is with the writing of the screenplay. The book is a collection of essays total pages averaging, I suppose, about pages an essay.

Overlooked in the transaction, however, is the imaginary nature of the presentation. Mar 18, Richard Block rated it liked ba,bi. This is not a picayune instance but, in my experience, the industry norm. The two scenes are viewed by the audience seconds apart but were shot months apart. And even though we missed the first few minutes, we were all immediately hooked.


We discover the famous best-actor-ever that Mamet thinks was meh. Byers rated it really liked it. This is the form we learn at Mother’s knee, and it is the form we apply in order to understand life.

If it’s coherent, they will get it. Demigods and sacred cows of mxmet movie business—beware! On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business which makes sure to tell you the whole truth and nothing but the truth of Hollywood. I have seen a man take a tape measure to his trailer, as he suspected that it was not quite perfectly equal as per his contract in length to that of his mameg player.

In Book, Mamet Is Bambi to Hollywood’s Godzilla : NPR

To be sure, this is not a book written with critics in mind, vw the author seems not to like, but rather is written for those who could consider themselves fans or at least people who are somewhat idealistic if also a bit cynical about how the movie industry works.

In maemt good way. At any rate, this book has all the hallmarks of a book written for insiders, with inside jokes as well as a sort of openness that comes when a writer expects to write for a sympathetic audience. Hardcoverpages. For if the subject of art is not our maculate, fragile, and often pathetic humanity, what is the point of the exercise?

Most godzillla these were published elsewhere and are available via google search, but a centralized collection is worth the investment. The dramatist begins with a theme, or questand endeavors to describe its progression in ostensibly unconnected actions and images that will, at the quest’s conclusion, be revealed as unified, and that revealed unity will simply state the theme, which revelation will–just as, theoretically, jamet the revelation by the analysis–restore order.


It casts us, the listener, as hero of our own personal drama, as, of course, we are, and it explains that drama to us in the way nature has mamer us to understand it: Why are t In Bambi vs.

He told me he’d been on a film with an ill-behaved star who, to lighten the mood or in a transport of jollity, took to dancing in combat boots on the roof of a brand-new Mercedes.

Although too cryptic for my liking thoughout, there are some very enjoyable parts in this book. In it, Mamet manages to relate his bmbi in the world of movie making.

In the context of this review, however, it is a book by acclaimed author, playwright, and filmmaker, David Mamet. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

However, when he went into the general business of the movie industry, he lost focus often and delved mostly into toothless bitching. Film Performing Arts Reference Category: His views on storytelling and film genre are particularly illuminating, mqmet Mamet is at his iconoclastic best when contrasting the acting of Laurence Olivier with Tony Curtis, and comparing the Antioch College Sexual Prevention Policy to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences pamphlet on Academy Standards.

As a screenwriter, I found his insight into storytelling in screenwriting to be enlightening and inspiring.